A slice of warm delicious down home caramel apple upside down skillet cake is sure to bring a smile to your face. Add a scoop of ice cream to this spiced cake for an extra special fall treat.
Apple season is official upon us. So it’s time to break out the warmer flavors of caramel and cinnamon. This caramel apple upside down skillet cake is the perfect way to get all of those cozy flavors and feelings together in one delicious dessert. It is part spice cake and part sticky caramel apple. It is great on its own, but of course a scoop of ice cream and drizzle of caramel make it even more decadent!
Imagine the smells of warm brown sugar, apples and cinnamon baking in your cast iron skillet. In fact, don’t imagine it…
Get yourself moving towards your kitchen so you can make this happen asap! The apple orchards are starting to bring in the new harvest and there is no time like the present to celebrate.
Not only will you have the joy of making something super delicious, but your house will smell amazing. Everyone who enters your kitchen will know something good is about to happen!
Luckily this cake is easy enough to whip up. There is a simple caramel apple layer that incorporates some of our favorite baking spices to make it extra aromatic and flavorful.
The cake itself comes together quickly and you can have the skillet in the oven in no time at all. Which is good, because you are going to want to dive in as soon as possible!
Make sure tho serve this warm with your favorite vanilla ice cream. People will remember this cake for a long-long time.
What if I don’t have a 9″ cast iron skillet?
Don’t despair! You can still enjoy this cake. Just make the butter and brown sugar mixture in a saucepan and pour it into a 9″ cake pan. After that, just follow the instructions in the recipe.
What does it taste like?
If a caramel apple and spice cake got together, this caramel apple upside down cake could be their baby!
Possible variations to try:
- Use dark brown sugar for an even deeper caramel-y molasses flavor
- Toss some chopped pecans or walnuts in with the apple and buttery brown sugar mixture
- For a milder spice flavor omit the cloves and add just a dash of nutmeg
Caramel Apple Layer
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2-3 medium apples – peeled, cored and thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- To make the caramel: In a 9 inch cast-iron skillet, melt a stick of butter on medium low heat. When it begins to bubble stir in the brown sugar. Continue stirring until smooth and bubbling, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and vanilla. Allow to cool while you make the cake layer.
- Preheat the oven to 325°F.
- Cream butter and brown sugar with your hand mixer until smooth and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Add milk and mix until combined.
- Stir in, by hand, the cinnamon, flour and baking powder. Stir just until combined.
- Arrange the apples over the caramel mixture. Spoon the cake batter over the apples and bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of cake comes out clean.
- Allow to cool for 10 minutes before inverting onto a serving dish.
- Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce if desired.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 330Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 125mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 2gSugar: 30gProtein: 3g
All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.